End of Muharram and Safar is the best time to visit Madinah and Mecca. During this time, both cities are not crowded, as 90% of the Hujjaj or Hajj pilgrimage already returned back to their homeland.
We went to Madinah last 2 week and this was our first trip to Madinah since we performed Hajj. We left Yanbu at 7.30 am with our new Mazda MPV, and we arrived Madinah two hours later. As usual there was nothing interesting we can see along the journey except sand dune, mountain and camels.
It was cold and windy when we arrived there. Yanbu is much better than Madinah since we enjoy moderate weather. According our local friends, Madinah can go as lower as 5 degree celcius at night while Yanbu only 11 celcius.
Quba Mosque (picture) was our first stop point. This is the first mosque built by Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) when he arrived in Madinah from Mecca. It was said, Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) used to came to this mosque to offer pray in it. According to Hadith; whoever come and visit Quba Mosque and offer 2 rakaah prayer, he will be rewarded as like he perform an umrah.
We leaved to Haram (Prophet Mosque) for Jumaat Prayer and we reached there around 11.00 am. We parked our car a little bit further and walked to Haram as as to avoid crowd and traffic hastle. Chill weather forced us to keep on with jacket although we were not comfortable with it.
After prayer, we took our lunch at an Indonesian Restaurant. I met someone looked quite familiar to me.After a short taaruf, I remembered him. We were once together worked in one project in Putrajaya. He was with KLCCPB and I was the consulting engineer supervising the project. Now, he is working with Ranhill as PMT (Project Management Team) in Thuail, Jeddah.
We left Madinah after maghrib prayer and arrived home, 2 hours later.